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with·er

 (wĭth′ər)
v. with·ered, with·er·ing, with·ers
v.intr.
1. To dry up or shrivel from loss of moisture.
2. To lose force or vitality; become diminished; wane: "Belief in industry self-regulation took hold ... and formal regulation was allowed to wither" (Eduardo Porter).
v.tr.
1. To cause to shrivel or fade.
2. To cause to lose force or vitality; diminish or destroy: "Three years apart had withered her hopes and she was engaged to someone else" (John Garth).
3. To render speechless or incapable of action; stun: The teacher withered the noisy student with a glance.

[Alteration of Middle English widderen, perhaps variant of wederen, to weather, from weder, weather; see weather.]

wither

(ˈwɪðə)
vb
1. (Botany) (intr) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up
2. (often foll by: away) to fade or waste: all hope withered away.
3. (intr) to decay, decline, or disintegrate
4. (tr) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality
5. (tr) to abash, esp with a scornful look
6. (tr) to harm or damage
[C14: perhaps variant of weather (vb); related to German verwittern to decay]
ˈwithered adj
ˈwitherer n
ˈwithering adj
ˈwitheringly adv

with•er

(ˈwɪð ər)

v.i.
1. to shrivel; fade; decay: The grapes had withered on the vine.
2. to lose the freshness of youth (often fol. by away).
v.t.
3. to cause to shrivel, fade, or lose vigor or bloom.
4. to abash, as by a scathing glance; humiliate; shame.
[1250–1300]
with′er•er, n.
with′er•ing•ly, adv.

wither


Past participle: withered
Gerund: withering

Imperative
wither
wither
Present
I wither
you wither
he/she/it withers
we wither
you wither
they wither
Preterite
I withered
you withered
he/she/it withered
we withered
you withered
they withered
Present Continuous
I am withering
you are withering
he/she/it is withering
we are withering
you are withering
they are withering
Present Perfect
I have withered
you have withered
he/she/it has withered
we have withered
you have withered
they have withered
Past Continuous
I was withering
you were withering
he/she/it was withering
we were withering
you were withering
they were withering
Past Perfect
I had withered
you had withered
he/she/it had withered
we had withered
you had withered
they had withered
Future
I will wither
you will wither
he/she/it will wither
we will wither
you will wither
they will wither
Future Perfect
I will have withered
you will have withered
he/she/it will have withered
we will have withered
you will have withered
they will have withered
Future Continuous
I will be withering
you will be withering
he/she/it will be withering
we will be withering
you will be withering
they will be withering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been withering
you have been withering
he/she/it has been withering
we have been withering
you have been withering
they have been withering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been withering
you will have been withering
he/she/it will have been withering
we will have been withering
you will have been withering
they will have been withering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been withering
you had been withering
he/she/it had been withering
we had been withering
you had been withering
they had been withering
Conditional
I would wither
you would wither
he/she/it would wither
we would wither
you would wither
they would wither
Past Conditional
I would have withered
you would have withered
he/she/it would have withered
we would have withered
you would have withered
they would have withered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wither - wither, as with a loss of moisturewither - wither, as with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
atrophy - undergo atrophy; "Muscles that are not used will atrophy"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
blast - shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
die back, die down - suffer from a disease that kills shoots; "The plants near the garage are dying back"
dry up, mummify - dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture; "a mummified body was found"
2.wither - lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; "Her bloom was fading"
disappear, vanish, go away - get lost, as without warning or explanation; "He disappeared without a trace"

wither

verb
1. wilt, dry, decline, shrink, decay, disintegrate, perish, languish, droop, shrivel, desiccate Farmers have watched their crops wither because of the drought.
wilt develop, thrive, flourish, bloom, blossom
2. waste, decline, shrink, shrivel, atrophy His leg muscles had withered from lack of use.
3. fade, decline, wane, perish His dream of being a famous footballer withered and died.
fade increase, develop, succeed, flourish, bloom, wax, blossom, prosper
4. humiliate, blast, shame, put down, snub, mortify, abash Mary withered me with a glance.

wither

verb
1. To make or become no longer fresh or shapely because of loss of moisture:
2. To waste away from longing or grief:
languish, pine (away).
3. To render helpless, as by emotion:
Translations
يَذْبُل، يَذْوي
udtørrevisne
skrælna, visna
sudžiūtisuvytintivytinti
novīstnovītināt
veşteji
spôsobiť vädnutie
posušiti se
kuru maksararıp sol mak

wither

[ˈwɪðəʳ]
A. VT [+ flower, plant] → marchitar
to wither sb with a lookaplastar or fulminar a algn con la mirada
B. VI [flower, plant, beauty] → marchitarse; [limb] → debilitarse, atrofiarse; [person] → debilitarse; [hope] → desvanecerse
wither away VI + ADV [flower, plant] → marchitarse; [hope] → desvanecerse

wither

[ˈwɪðər] vi
[flower] → faner; [plant, crops] → sécher sur pied
(= become weak) [person, industry] → dépérir; [industry] → péricliter; [hopes] → s'évanouir

wither

vt plants etcverdörren, austrocknen; (fig)zum Schwinden bringen; to wither somebody with a lookjdm einen vernichtenden Blick zuwerfen
vi
(lit)verdorren, ausdorren; (limb)verkümmern
(fig)welken; (religion)dahinschwinden

wither

[ˈwɪðəʳ]
1. vtfar appassire
2. vi (plant) → appassire; (limb) → atrofizzarsi (fig) (love, passion) → spegnersi; (beauty) → sfiorire

wither

(ˈwiðə) verb
(of plants etc) to (cause to) fade, dry up, or decay. The plants withered because they had no water; The sun has withered my plants.
References in classic literature ?
If people cannot be assured of graves, I fear they will no longer die, and the best interests of civilisation will wither like a frosted leaf."
But if any advised you wrongly, the light will wither him."
Ah, lieth everything already withered and grey which but lately stood green and many-hued on this meadow!
The healthiest of them resembled, to use an expression of Marryat's, "Hunger's eldest son when he had come of age"; the others were either blind, had withered legs and crept about on their hands, or withered arms and fingerless hands.
But by what perversity of taste had the artist represented his principal figure as so wrinkled and decayed, while yet he had decked her out in the brightest splendor of attire, as if the loveliest maiden had suddenly withered into age, and become a moral to the beautiful around her!
It had aged to keep sad company with his own withered features.
It was lean and withered. He lifted both hands to his face.
And every tongue, through utter drought, Was withered at the root; We could not speak, no more than if We had been choked with soot.
Hesiod's diction is in the main Homeric, but one of his charms is the use of quaint allusive phrases derived, perhaps, from a pre- Hesiodic peasant poetry: thus the season when Boreas blows is the time when `the Boneless One gnaws his foot by his fireless hearth in his cheerless house'; to cut one's nails is `to sever the withered from the quick upon that which has five branches'; similarly the burglar is the `day-sleeper', and the serpent is the `hairless one'.
BILL WITHERS, sworn, said: "I was coming along about
Their bed of withered oak leaves was strewn upon the small level space, at the foot of a rock, situated near the summit of one of the gentle swells by which the face of the country is there diversified.
Hail to you, sons of Senzangacona, who to-morrow shall be spirits!" and I pointed towards them with my withered hand.